Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Pressie Guide: Great Games

Having trouble trying to decide what games you'll buy this Christmas? Have a loved one who is a huge gamer and needs something extra in their stocking this year? Don't worry, CeX has you covered. Here's a run-down of what should be on your shopping list this year.


Grand Theft Auto V (PS4/XB1)


Why should I buy it?: Released originally for the previous generation of consoles this time last year, this current generation update of Grand Theft Auto V is by no means a cash grab. Featuring slick new graphics and a truly incredible first-person mode, this purchase is a must even if you've previously played the game before. It feels like a fresh experience, and despite technically being an old game at this point, it easily puts most new releases to shame.

Who should I buy it for?: Grand Theft Auto V is an open-world game that covers just about everything from shooting, driving, hiking and exploration. Almost any gamer will easily sink 100+ hours into this experience, but beware, it's rated 18's for a reason.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)


Why should I buy it?: It's been 4 years since we last saw Donkey Kong on our consoles, and this latest release finally brings the character onto the Wii U. Featuring some incredibly fun gameplay that non-Donkey Kong fans might compare to the Mario series, fantastically designed levels and characters packed full of charming personality, Tropical Freeze is a gaming beacon of hope amid a sea of dreary and violent first-person shooters. It's old-school harmless fun, and might bring some older gamers back to their gaming roots.

Who should I buy it for?: There's a misconception that only children are interested in games like this, but truth be told, Tropical Freeze is for any gamer out there who is simple looking for something fun to play. It's also the perfect game for the whole family to jump into, regardless of age.

South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3/Xbox 360/PC)



Why should I buy it?: You should buy it because it's the funniest game of the year. Though it's essentially just a simple Role-Playing Game, the characters, world and story are based on the hit cartoon South Park. It may not be pretty to look at, but The Stick of Truth is a hugely fun pertinence, whether you play it alone or with a bunch of mates.

Who should I buy it for?: While a non-fan might enjoy it, this is primarily for the South Park fans out there. From references to episodes and scenarios that happened in the show 13 years ago, to the large cast of characters that you should already know going into it, The Stick of Truth is every South Park fans dream come true.

Dark Souls 2 (PS3/Xbox 360/PC)



Why should I buy it?: The Dark Souls series is an acquired taste. While some gamers might enjoy the relatively easy combat that Skyrim offers up, some of us want and need to be challenged. This is where the Dark Souls series flexes its muscles, as it not only offers near excruciatingly hard combat, but also a dark, gloomy, beautiful and magical world to explore. But while the world may be stunning, the combat is where the game places its focus. Truly epic from start to finish, it's one of the most unique titles currently out there.

Who should I buy it for?: As I said, it's an acquired taste. However, while some gamers will instantly be turned off by the hard combat system, any serious gamer out there will at least try it. But it for the gamer who slaves over a PC or console daily, and seeks to challenge themselves at every turn.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS3/Xbox 360/PC)



Why should I buy it?: It's an open-world game based within the world of The Lord of the Rings, and though it doesn't give you free reign to explore locations like The Shrine, Bree and Rivendell, it does plant you into the dark region of Mordor. Set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Shadow of Mordor features some stunning combat, gameplay that is akin to the Assassin's Creed series, and an open-world that is truly impeccable.

Who should I buy it for?: Don't worry, Shadow of Mordor isn't only for The Lord of the Rings enthusiasts out there. While a fan of that world will indeed get more out of Shadow or Mordor, just about any gamer out there will find something to like here.

Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS4/XB1/PC)


Why should I buy it?: After a few clunkers from the team that brought us Mass Effect, Dragon Age: Inquisition brings us an incredible Role-Playing Game experience that might only be matched by next years The Witcher: Wild Hunt. From creating your own character, exploring a diverse world full of rich, detailed and beautiful locations, to combat that is both nuanced and easy to get the hang of, this is the first (and possibly only) RPG you should be buying this Christmas.

Who should I buy it for?: This is for the gamer who seeks to be immersed in their very own world, as Dragon Age: Inquisition will easily take well over 200 hours to complete. Know a gamer who has less Call of Duty and more fantasy games in their collection? Make it complete with Dragon Age: Inquisition.


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